Tag Archives: Clinical Research

Alumni Posting: Research Assistant at the Chou Laboratory at Boston Children’s

Thanks to Jennifer Jones ’16 for sharing this with us! Jennifer writes, “The position has a lot of room for growth and my boss is an amazing mentor, so it’s perfect for people looking to get some work experience before applying to grad school. If anyone has questions, they can email me at jennifer.jones@childrens.harvard.edu.”

A Research Assistant position is available in the Chou Laboratory, Division of Immunology, Boston Children’s Hospital. This position is ideal for exceptional candidates with a passion for translational research and precision medicine. The research assistant will join a team of scientists and clinicians investigating the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying primary immunodeficiencies. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach incorporating genomics, molecular and cellular methodologies, and mouse models of human disease to identify critical elements necessary for intact host immunity. The research assistant will work under the supervision of Dr. Chou. The position has superb capacity for future career development for high-performing candidates. Successful candidates will transition to the independence in experimental strategy and in supervising research associates.


  • Performs assays of immune function, including flow cytometry, in vitro cellular assays, ELISAs, western blotting
  • Sanger sequencing, next-generation DNA sequencing, and transcriptome analysis
  • Analysis of experimental data
  • Cell culture, mouse colony maintenance, and maintenance of laboratory stocks
  • The successful candidate is expected to work largely independently after training within the context of close mentorship.


  • We seek candidates who are proactive, with superb time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with basic lab techniques and at least 1 year of prior laboratory experience are required.
  • Ability to critically analyze scientific data and to adapt existing scientific methodologies
  • The study of mouse models of human disease is an essential part of this position.
  • A minimum two-year commitment is required.

Please email a current c.v. and the names of three references to:

Janet Chou, M.D.
Division of Immunology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Email: Janet.Chou@childrens.harvard.edu

Laboratory Research technician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Center for Immuno-Oncology (CIO) of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer through novel immune-based therapies.

The Laboratory Research Technician performs professional work in support of scientific research utilizing biopsy samples obtained from patients receiving immuno-therapy. Under general supervision, assists in determining the most suitable methods to be used in research; independently performs scientific investigative procedures requiring application of professional judgment and technology; interprets results and determines whether they are consistent with experimental goals; reviews literature; assists in the assembly, organization and interpretation of data.

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Multiple Positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is an international leader in health care delivery and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, it is internationally renowned for excellence in patient care, groundbreaking biomedical research, and training the next generation of leading physicians and scientists. BWH has been recognized for 23 consecutive years by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals and provides care to patients from throughout the U.S. and from over 120 other countries in virtually every area of adult medicine.

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Technical Research Assistant Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

They are looking for an independent and highly motivated individual to join their research program focused on mammalian regenerative biology. The Lehoczky Lab studies mouse digit tip regeneration and is presently focused on determining the molecular pathways necessary for this process. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of basic and translational research in a collaborative and stimulating environment.

Required Skills:

  • Previous laboratory experience in molecular biology, genetics, and mouse husbandry is recommended.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Ability to multi-task, think critically and work independently.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills. Demonstrates the ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, and can clearly write about and present their work.
  • Two year (or more) commitment strongly preferred.

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Clinical Research Coordinator Position at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health

The Center for Women’s Mental Health is a clinical and research program within the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Center provides a range of clinical services to women which include: consultation regarding the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy; treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; treatment for premenstrual syndrome; and treatment of menopause related mood and anxiety symptoms, sleep disorders, and hot flashes. The goal of our research division is to examine a wide range of questions which affect the lives of women with psychiatric conditions. Our research projects mirror the span of our center’s clinical expertise. For more information about the clinical and research program, please visit our website: www.womensmentalhealth.org.


The research coordinators in our Program are each assigned 1-2 active research projects and are responsible for the implementation of those projects under the guidance of the principal investigator(s) and the supervision of the senior research coordinator.

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Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital – Medical Practice Evaluation Center

Deadline Monday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m.!

The Medical Practice Evaluation Center is seeking full-time Research Assistants to work with an internationally recognized multidisciplinary team from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with collaborators at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as multiple international sites. The group uses methods of clinical epidemiology, economics, and simulation modeling to evaluate clinical outcomes, costs, and cost-effectiveness of strategies for preventing, managing, and treating HIV/AIDS as well as other diseases. Our research efforts include work in the United States as well as in Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, France, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.

Example projects include:

  • Examining the impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for populations at high risk of acquiring HIV in India
  • Assessing cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis diagnostics in South Africa
  • Determining optimal uptake of strategies for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in Zimbabwe
  • Studying the impact of pre-travel vaccination for international travelers
  • Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a genotypic test for drug resistance for people starting antiretroviral therapy in the United States

Research Assistants collaborating with our group frequently go on to pursue careers in medicine, public health, epidemiology, and health policy research.

Please note:

  • This position is based in Boston and does not involve international travel.
  • Given the specialized nature of our research methodology, we ask our Research Assistants to make a two-year commitment.

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The Columbia University Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Assistant Program

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Columbia University Medical Center is still hiring! This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity for students whose families already live in NYC or within an hour of CUMC. They encourage you to apply soon since they accept on a rolling basis. Ariana Mills ’17 currently works as an RA and is happy to be a resource. Feel free to email her with your questions.

What We Do

Research Assistant (RAs) have four major responsibilities:

  • Transplant call
  • Tissue call
  • Consent call
  • Databasing/Clinical research

RAs have the unique opportunity to participate in heart and lung procurements for transplant surgeries at CUMC. RAs travel with the procuring surgeons to the donor hospital where they serve as organ preservationists.

On tissue and consent calls, RAs collect tissue from cardiac surgery cases for research.

RAs regularly collect data from patient files for retrospective studies, and there are many opportunities for RAs to come up with their own research projects.

Application Process

The RA position is a minimum one-year commitment in addition to an onboarding period. Applicants must be graduating seniors or post-baccalaureate students. Candidates who can start will receive a $1,000/month stipend.

To apply, please email the following items to the Program Director, Dr. Catherine Wang.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information of two references.

Applications that do not include all of the above items will not be considered.